The Ukwa La-Ngwa People of Abia State on Thursday held a Grand Civic Reception In honour of Prince Paul Ikonne the Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority(NALDA).
The event which had great number of attendance was held at the open field of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State.
The Senate president, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Deputy Governor Ude Oko Chukwu and other top Dignitaries graced the Occasion.
Governor Ikpeazu during his speech focused on good spirited and devoted Abians whose interest is to meet the yearnings of Abians irrespective of their political divides to drive Abia to greater hight in their various appointed and elected positions.
The governor said the huge number of attendance reflects the kind of person Prince Paul Ikonne is which attracted the inspiration to hold such grand civil reception.
In his words: “There is this inspiration to do this today in honour of Paul Ikonne, this came as a result of a gap I have noticed in our growth towards nationhood and that gap is that we fail at all times to recognize great people when we see them in our midst.
“Everybody in Nigeria is not bad, some people are bad in Nigeria but many people are good.
“Time has come for us to celebrate the great ones in our midst so that younger people will be inspired to learn from their behavior and grow.
“This is my way of saying that time has come for us to begin to celebrate members of our society who has distinguished themselves in their assignment.It necessary to recognize great people in our midst.”
Governor Ikpeazu also used the opportunity to alert Prince Paul Ikonne on the implication of public appointment and service to the people.
“You are already dancing in the market, if you don’t dance well, your nakedness will show, but if you dance properly, you will wear a crown.” Governor Ikpeazu said.
Governor Ikpeazu thanked the Senate president for gracing the occasion.
Prince Paul Ikonne in his speech affirmed his commitment to his appointment by president Muhammadu Buhari and promised not to fail in his duties.
“One thing I will assure my people is that I will not fail, I will do my best, having been chosen by the federal republic of Nigeria, having found favour before the president, I stand here this day to assure my people that by the special grace of God, I will not fail.” Prince Ikonne said.
Prince Ikonne also revealed some agricultural intervention he has made and ready to be unveiled to the public soonest.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawal in his speech described governor Ikpeazu as a “shinning example of a Nigerian who believes in coming together to ensure that the people he governs are good.”
The Senate president in his speech beckoned on governor Ikpeazu to join the ruling APC and pursue Senate ambition.
In his words: ‘Your excellency, before you go to the Senate, it doesn’t matter how we are able to work ourselves to the progressive front, you are already a progressive at heart, you are progressing in action, the progressive forum is waiting.
” Your Excellency, am not suggesting anything but am just stating the obvious, you are different, you are a Peaceful man, you are a humble man, you are a fair person, you believe in fairness and equity and that is the ideal of a progressive, therefore, for us it is not anyone leaving from somewhere to somewhere, you are already there, you are ours we are yours.
“We are waiting for you to contribute to the center by the grace of God.
Senate president also noted that the overall yearnings of Nigerians is to have a better country.
The Senate president earned a traditional recognition from the royal father’s during the event.
However, there are reports in the social media stating that governor Okezie Ikpeazu rejected the request of joining the All Progressive Congress, APC as requested by the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, but candidreporters.com audio and video records of the event at Abia state Polytechnic, Aba proved that at no time did governor Ikpeazu responded to the call to join the APC during the event. The governor gave his speech before the Senate president gave his, where he made the request for governor Ikpeazu to join APC. The Senate president’s speech rounded up the event.